Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Now that was a hockey game. That was a playoff hockey game. The first game was "Open Hockey." Pick sides and play till you drop. So the Hawks held serve at the United Center. They say a series doesn't start until a team loses on home ice. I don't buy it. I say this series has started and the Hawks are up 2-0. Philadelphia outplayed Chicago for most of Game 2. They were downright frenetic in the third period when they threw 14 shots at Hawks goalie Antti Niemi. He was the difference in this game. If he has an average game the Flyers win. But Niemi stole one. The Flyers are far from dead. You know all about the 3-0 comeback against the Bruins. The Flyers have to know that they are the Hawks' equal. They've lost a pair of one-goal games. Game 3 isn't a must-win game, but it's pretty darn close. A must-win game is when you're facing elimination if you lose. The Flyers know all about must-win games.